Williamson County continues to see drop in positivity rate, reports 64 new coronavirus cases Aug. 12

Here is an update on coronavirus cases in Williamson County. (Community Impact staff)
Here is an update on coronavirus cases in Williamson County. (Community Impact staff)

Here is an update on coronavirus cases in Williamson County. (Community Impact staff)

Williamson County’s positivity rate, or the rate which tests return positive, continues to decrease after a spike mid-year.

On Aug. 12, the Williamson County and Cities Health District reported 64 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total to 7,075. The current seven-day rolling positivity rate is 8.15%, which continues to decrease since it peaked in late June and early July, data shows. The highest rate was reported at 33.3% on June 28.

The county also reported 79 patients are hospitalized, 33 are in intensive care and 17 are on a ventilator. The WCCHD also reported 22% of hospital beds, 22% of ICU beds and 78% of ventilators are available.

The county did not report any additional deaths. The total remains 95.

On July 29, the county announced the Texas Department of State Health Services is now using death certificates instead of local health district reports to count COVID-19 fatalities. According to the county, this standardizes death reporting across the state, but it does leave a lag, as death certificates can take up to three months to be issued.


Of the total cases reported, 5,689 have recovered, or 80.41%, and there an estimated 1,291 active cases.


Recoveries are not reported to the state’s contact tracing and data system; therefore, recovery information is not absolute and is to be used for estimating purposes only, according to the WCCHD website. No trends or other inferences should be drawn from this data, as the numbers posted represent a point-in-time snapshot and may fluctuate throughout the day, it said.

Here is an update on total cases in the cities of residence including probable cases, according to the WCCHD.

  • Austin: 433

  • Cedar Park: 749

  • Georgetown: 1,187

  • Hutto: 481

  • Leander: 361

  • Round Rock: 2,197

  • Other: 843


If the WCCHD is unable to confirm the city of residence after three attempts, the case is deemed “lost to follow-up” and is not included in the above count, officials said.

Officials said the county is not legally able to release the
specific counts in cities with fewer than 20,000 residents. For more information, such as gender and age breakdowns, visit the county's dashboard.

By Ali Linan
Ali Linan began covering Georgetown for Community Impact Newspaper in 2018. Her reporting focuses on education and Williamson County. Ali hails from El Paso and graduated from Syracuse University in 2017.


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